Motivation is the key to making changes that matter and this is why it’s a topic that’s been covered a dizzying number of times by authors from a huge range of different cultures and backgrounds. Because there's so much material available on motivation, it makes sense to just read the books that are most effective for helping you understand, achieve and maintain your motivation so we’ve put together a collection below of our top picks.

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Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

As motivational books go, this is the Grand Master. Whether your goal is financial or not, this book contains some of the wisest words ever put to print about how to keep yourself constantly motivated to achieve whatever you have in mind.

The Big Moo- Seth Godin

The Big Moo is all about motivation through powerful and insightful anecdotes that lay bare the dos and don’ts of successful business and the role motivation plays within them. The book is an absolute page-turner due to the huge amount of variety across its anecdotes and it keeps you engaged right to the end.

David and Goliath- Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book is all about the curious realities of success and the motivation that fuels people. The truth is that many of the most highly motivated and successful people were the underdogs, the people without the best opportunities and resources. In this fantastic book, Gladwell takes examples from across the globe to show that there’s more at work in the traditional concepts of advantage and disadvantage than meets the eye.

How To Win Friends And Influence People- Dale Carnegie

Another classic that rightfully deserves its place as one of the most renowned books for motivation and success, How To Win Friends And Influence People is a great resource for natural motivation by encouraging you to achieve your goals by being endearing and genuine, rather than being underhanded. Carnegie’s writing style and wisdom is truly captivating and highly effective for inspiring you into action.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us- Daniel Pink

Motivation doesn’t work in the ways we think. Daniel Pink’s book Drive is a fascinating read that unearths a number of surprising truths about how we can motivate ourselves and motivate others. If you want to make sure you’re doing motivation right, this book is for you.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen R. Covey

In this book, Stephen Covey outlines a range of detailed approaches anyone can take to achieve their goals, whether they are personal or professional. The seven habits focus strongly on the idea of change and how you can understand and work with it to keep your levels of motivation high regardless of the situations you find yourself in.

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality- Scott Belsky

People often have a range of different methods for achieving motivation, so Scott Belsky decided to interview hundreds of highly motivated individuals and distilled the findings into a clear approach to attain a motivated life.

Good to Great- Jim Collins

After Jim Collins released his outstanding book Built to Last, he returned to the issue of how the greatest companies in the world achieve the transition from simply being good to greatness. With findings from key employees of exceptional companies on what is responsible for their motivation, this is a absolute must-read.

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